The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Research Seminar: Representing the people's stories
The Department of Museum Studies' Research Seminar programme for 06-07 got underway today with a very interesting talk - Representing the people's stories: community, memory and the museum - by Liz Carnegie from the University of Sheffield.
Liz raised lots of questions about the role of so-called 'People's Museums' and their counterparts in post-Communist Eastern Europe, in the creation and mediation of collective memories and identities, the privileging of radical, politicised history over domestic 'ordinary' experience, and the 'othering' of the working classes by museum-going audiences.
1. Liz Carnegie
2. Viv doing the introductions, while Anna surreptitiously uses the wrong mug ;)